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Planet Aid, Inc.
November 10, 2013

Strange, but all of the 41 positive reviews here seem to have been written by the same person. All were posted in 2013, and all are about 30 to 40 words in length. Furthermore, the usernames are similar, most consisting of a first and last name in lower case, with some of these followed by three numerals. They are also written in a similar style, with most of them raving about a Planet Aid thrift shop.

But the really strange part is that Planet Aid hasn’t run any thrift stores since about 2005! Take a look for yourself:

http://www.yelp.com/biz/planet-aid-inc-cambridge
http://www.yelp.com/biz/planet-aid-boston

I also found this Examiner.com article from 2009 that says “Planet Aid no longer has any stores in the United States, although a few stores did exist in the Boston area.” (next to last paragraph) http://tinyurl.com/muheehz

This is kind of creepy when you think about it. What on earth is going on here? I encourage folks to phone Planet Aid at either its Elkridge, Md. headquarters [(410) 796-1510] or its Milford, Mass. administrative offices [(508) 893-0644] and ask why apparently 40 reviewers on Great Nonprofits are, in 2013, raving about Planet Aid thrift shops that closed eight years ago! If you get a hold of anyone there and they talk to you, please post their response on this page.

Also please scroll back through the longer, 'real' reviews here, and read what ‘marianonprofit’, ‘tsomekwas’ and ‘kris in ks’ have to say. I don't understand everything they talk about, but obviously, they’ve researched Planet Aid a lot.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

try to convince the government to revoke Planet Aid's nonprofit status, because something's not right.

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